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Picture Book Month (Nonfiction Monday): Humor

6 Nov

6 (1).jpgMove over princesses, pink isn’t just for you! Jess Keating brings together animals from across the globe that all have something in common – they’re pink! With fun and weird facts that I was sharing with boyfriend as I learned them! With an easy-to-read format, this book would be great for reluctant readers who are uncomfortable with full pages of text. With easy to share facts and full page photographs, this is the perfect book for kids who love Guinness Book of World Records and animal encyclopedias!
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25 Picture Books for Halloween

29 Oct

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  1. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
  2. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
  3. Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
  4. Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold, illustrated by Siobhan Vivian
  5. Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
  6. 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
  7. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
  8. The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
  9. A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss
  10. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd

  11. Ghosts In the House! by Kazuno Kohara
  12. If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley
  13. Go Away Big, Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  14. The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
  15. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
  16. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler
  17. Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  18. AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
  19. Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
  20. Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by John Manders
  21. I Am a Witch’s Cat by Harriet Muncaster
  22. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
  23. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  24. Little Boo by Sephen Wunderli, illustrated by Tim Zeitner
  25. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Sharing Picture Books with Preschool Teachers

27 Oct

This week, I got the chance to speak in front of preschool teachers during an in-service day about children’s literature trends and share some great new titles that have been published in the past couple of years. The preschool reached out to the library looking for some sort of presentation during their in-service day. And I decided, rather than talking about brain development and the importance of early literacy (which is always important) I wanted to offer these teachers valuable information that they could take back to the their classrooms and implement almost immediately. Continue reading

Setting Back to Zero: NYC Removes All Fines From Youth Cards

20 Oct

This is a really cool story! As of yesterday, Thursday, October 19th the New York City Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library have reset all youth library cards to $0.00. So, if any child had a fine or fee for overdue or lost material – they’re library account is cleared and they are now able to check out materials again.

This is huge because 20% of youth cards for these three library systems currently have blocks on them – fines or fees too high to be allowed to check out materials. Plus, almost half of those children live in high-need neighborhoods where it is more likely that it would be more difficult to pay those fines. This is so awesome because so many kids can’t use the libraries with these blocks, but the library can offer so much for them.

What’s even better is that the JPB Foundation, a philanthropy focused on working in low-income neighborhoods, has pledged to help with the revenue loss of clearing these cards which is $2.25 million. Without this assistance, the library would have a much more difficult time removing these fees as that much revenue is hard to replace. Check out this story from the library systems!

Random Acts of Poetry Day

7 Oct

Today is Random Acts of Poetry Day! I think poetry often gets a bad rap as people remember poetry for being inaccessible and difficult to understand. People remember having to memorize poetry in school or trying to study poetry to understand what the poet what truly trying to say.

Many kids flock to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky for their silly, nonsensical poetry, but somewhere along the line, kids start pushing poetry away and by the time people become adults, they’ve pushed poetry out of their realm of reading possibilities.
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My favorite poem in the book occurs in August:

One my favorite poetry books in recent years is called When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad. It has fairly short poems about the seasons – with each poem’s title being a specific date. It works well for me because I live in an area of this country that has four distinct seasons. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the adorable illustrations that match each poem.

If you want to be sure

That you are nothing more than small
Stand at the edge of the ocean
Looking out

I absolutely love water in al forms – creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean and this poem completely connected with me! Reminding me that I am a small part of a much larger world out there.

So, take sometime today to read a poem, borrow a book of poetry from the library, or find something online! Enjoy!

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